Author: Dora

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Mormons and death: Giving the gift of life

When I first signed up to write this post, I had stories to tell. Specific stories about how tragedy in one family lead to a new dawn for another. How tearful prayers on one...

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I might have liked Ptolemaic Egypt …

Cleopatra is a name that conjures up visions of a siren wearing elaborate gold headdresses, fine linen, and thick kohl eyeliner. Generally, I think of her as a boon to dark haired women at...

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Spiritual versus Religious

This summer, at the inaugural conference of the Mormon Chapter of the Foundation for Interreligious Diplomacy* held at USC, James Burklo**, Associate dean for Religious Life, posed the question: Are you spiritual or religious....

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Namaste

Namaste. A simple enough word. Three syllables. Short vowels. Before traveling in Nepal, it was just a word that everyone uttered at the end of yoga class. Now, it’s a whole new way to...

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Loving thy neighbors … as themselves

Generally, I’m a likeable person. Or maybe I should say that I’m not a very dislikeable person. I tend to be thoughtful, quiet and respectful, and try for understanding and empathy over shouting my...

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Like sand through the hourglass …

Lately, I’ve been thinking about time. No, not in the loft space-time-continuum, or deity-time-versus-human-time, or even time-left-until-death. No, I’ve just been thinking about how I use (and waste) time in my day to day...

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Learning to scale back

Earlier this month, I helped some old friends stage their home, in order to get higher offers. It was not an ideal situation. They had bought about a year ago. Very nice place. They...

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Our Changing Bodies

I’ve been thinking a lot about my body lately. And not just the usual must-do-more _______ (fill in the blank with any of the following: sit-ups, core training, aerobic exercise, weights), or hair maintenance...